Jun 2, 2017

06/02/2017: Let’s do the numbers — just how feasible are Trump’s job promises?

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This morning, we'll be getting the latest government data on the labor market. President Trump has promised to add 25 million new jobs over the next decade, but is that actually within the realm of possibility? Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman is here to crunch the numbers. Afterwards, we'll check out new data showing that renewables generated 10 percent of U.S. electricity in the first quarter of this year — well above expert forecasts. And finally, we'll hear from travel aficionado Mark Orlowski about ways you can solve your airline customer service problems. 

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The latest numbers on the job market may not align with Trump’s goal

Jun 2, 2017
We’ll get the latest government data on the labor market in a couple hours. Analysts are predicting unemployment held steady in May at 4.4 percent, with 185,000 jobs added — right in line with average job growth for the past six months. Now President Trump has promised faster job growth under his administration—25 million new […]

More than 10 percent of US electricity is coming from renewable sources

Jun 2, 2017
The U.S. Energy Information Administration published data this week showing that more than 10 percent of U.S. electricity came from renewable sources like wind and solar in the first quarter of this year. That’s well above what the federal agency predicted years ago. What happened? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. […]

7 tips for solving your airline customer service problems

Jun 2, 2017
Travel aficionado Mark Orlowski shares advice on how to make traveling just a bit more smooth.
Travelers wait in long lines to speak with airline ticket agents in the United terminal at San Francisco International Airport.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Cuban tobacco farmers involved in cigar production face tough times

Jun 2, 2017
Poor weather conditions and economic factors contribute to tobacco farming woes.
Workers at a Havana factory meticulously roll tobacco leaves into cigars. Supervisors measure and weigh each cigar to make sure it meets the high standards Cuban cigars are known for.
Anurima Bhargava

06/02/2017: Unemployment is down — but for the wrong reasons

Jun 2, 2017
The economy created just 138,000 jobs in May, a figure short of expectations. Are things really as weak as they seem? Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, joined us to talk about job losses in various industries and how the Fed might interpret things. Afterwards, we'll chat with Andrew Light — a former senior climate policy negotiator for the U.S. State Department — about President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Plus: a look at what percentage of U.S. electricity is comprised of renewable sources like wind and solar.

This morning, we’ll be getting the latest government data on the labor market. President Trump has promised to add 25 million new jobs over the next decade, but is that actually within the realm of possibility? Marketplace’s Mitchell Hartman is here to crunch the numbers. Afterwards, we’ll check out new data showing that renewables generated 10 percent of U.S. electricity in the first quarter of this year — well above expert forecasts. And finally, we’ll hear from travel aficionado Mark Orlowski about ways you can solve your airline customer service problems. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC